Managing #Aspergers #Depression, part 3: Good Things Listmania
When you’re dealing with #depression, it can be challenging to see it objectively, as a problem to be worked around, but people with #Aspergers are often pretty good at finding solutions. So when depressed #Aspies focus on coping strategies, they can come up with some pretty neat ideas. This one comes from practicingkolinahr, who gave permission for me to publish it here.
I wanted to share with you another potential method for helping to stay positive and get through tough times which has worked really well for me. At the end of each day (or sometimes the next day, depending on time), I make a list of all the good things that happened that day. Happy moments, accomplishments, etc. I keep them on one of my tumblr blogs (practicingkolinahr).
Making lists like this forces me to spend a few extra moments thinking about the good things that happen. I’m not allowed to write anything negative on these posts. Even if all I can think of is “I survived today,” I write that. No complaining allowed. If I got through a difficult day, I put the emphasis on getting through it, without any details about why the day was difficult. I allow myself to discuss, vent, and think about problems and negative feelings in other places, but these posts are exclusively for Good Things. And later, when I go back and read them, I’m always surprised to realize I usually don’t even remember the bad things that happened those days. I remember the things I wrote down. And whenever I start my list, I’m always surprised to realize how long the list really is. It’s so easy to miss all the little good things until you really force yourself to think about them.
This may not work for everyone, but it has helped me a lot. Combining it with Habit RPG should be even better. And posting my accomplishments on tumblr (rather than just writing them in a book or something) also gets me the occasional “like,” which is a quick happy feeling as well.
Be sure to check out practicingkolinahr to see her method in action!